Paris train and bus operator RATP accused over handling of sexual violence cases

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The huge public transport operator for the Paris region, Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, better known by its initials RATP, faces claims over the way it handles allegations of sexual and sexist violence against its female staff. Pregnant employees say they have been badly treated, some women say that perpetrators of sexual violence against them have gone unpunished, while others say that the transport operator's internal procedures dealing with such allegations are not sufficiently clear. Célia Mebroukine investigates the allegations involving the world’s fourth largest public transport operator.

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The train, metro and bus operator for the Paris region, RATP, is accused of mishandling a number of cases involving staff who say they have been the victims of sexual or sexist violence. Mediapart has collected the testimonies of seven female employees or former employees who complain about how the public transport company, whose full name is the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, has reacted to their claims. This follows a separate investigation by the newspaper Libération into RATP, which is the world’s fourth largest public transport operator, employing 64,000 people.